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A Kindness Cup

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Thea Astley

  • awardWinner, The Age Book of the Year Fiction Award, 1975
  • Introduction by Kate Grenville

    I told them to go into the scrub and disperse the tribe.
    Disperse? That is a strange word. What do you mean by dispersing?
    Firing at them.

    Two decades after a massacre of local Aboriginal people, the former residents of a Queensland town have reunited to celebrate the progress and prosperity of their community. Tom Dorahy, returning to his hometown, is having none of it: he wants those responsible to own up to their actions. A reckoning with oppression, guilt and the weight of the past, A Kindness Cup is one of Thea Astley’s greatest achievements.


    A Kindness Cup 

    About the Author

    Thea Astley was born in Brisbane in 1925. Her first novel, Girl with a Monkey, was published in 1958 and her third, The Well Dressed Explorer (1962), won the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Many notable books followed, among them the groundbreaking A Kindness Cup (1974), which addressed frontier massacres of Indigenous Australians, and It’s...

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    Praise for Thea Astley
    andA Kindness Cup

    ‘Smart, compassionate.’

    ‘One of the earliest and most empathetic postwar engagements by a white Australian writer with the horrors of nineteenth-century racial violence.’

    ‘This timely and attractively priced reissue is a welcome chance to reconsider [Astley’s] rich oeuvre. Astley’s work is characterised by her irony and unflinching scrutiny of social injustice. In A Kindness Cup, she was at the top of her impressive form…This short novel is one of Australia’s finest.’

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    • A Kindness Cup
      ISBN: 9781925626582
      30 April 2018
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